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Beautifully bred colt has the motor to match

09:00 AM 17 Dec 2015 NZDT
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Red Moon Rising - Looks to have a big future ahead of him
Red Moon Rising - Looks to have a big future ahead of him

It is that time of year when all the juveniles are starting to appear at harness racing trials and workouts and pundits such as Harnesslink are trying to find that extra smart two year old amongst the multitude of trialists.

As we reported from the Cup trials earlier this year, we thought we saw a special talent in More The Better that day and nothing we have seen since has changed our mind about that.

More The Better makes his debut at Auckland on Friday night in the first heat of the Young Gun series and they will know he is there for sure.

Not a lot of the other southern trialists have really stood up and taken our eye to date but one that did make us sit up and take notice was Red Moon Rising at the Rangiora workouts on Tuesday.

The colt by Artsplace was bred by Cavalla Bloodstock and was sold at last years New Zealand Premier Yearling sale for $38,000 to Gavin Smith.

" I was very surprised I was able to buy him for that."

" I was really taken by him as he is such a beautiful type of horse and I thought he would make a $100,000 being bred the way he is."

" However for some reason being by Artsplace seemed to put people off him," Gavin told Harnesslink this week .

The price was a bit of a surprise to to us as well as Red Moon Rising would have to rate as one of the best bred two year olds in the country.

A son of Artsplace, his dam is the imported daughter of The Big Dog in Sirius Flight who won all her five lifetime starts and took a mark of 1:54.4.

At stud Sirius Flight has already produced the very talented Timeless Perfection 1:56.9 (7 wins from 13 starts) and the outstanding Malak Uswaad 1:49.2 ($542,585) so she has made a great start as a broodmare.

The grand dam of  Red Moon Rising is the former champion New Zealand filly Pacific Flight 1:51.2 ($562,345) who after dominating the New Zealand scene as a three year old, was sold to North America where she starred against the very best mares up there.

Pacific Flight has left five winners to date including the very talented two and three year old Droppinthehammer 1:50.1 ($373,027) who ran third in both the $1,125,000 Metro Pace and the $500,000 Hoosier Cup.

So this family is as good as it gets and we thought Red Moon Rising on breeding and type looked to be a horse with serious potential.

Trainer Gavin Smith has taken his time with the two year old colt but thinks Red Moon Rising has the potential to be an elite level age group horse.

" I have a lot of time for Red Moon Rising and think he could make a lovely late two year old."

" He is such a laid  back horse and not a naturally zippy two year old like a lot of them are."

" For that reason we thought we would miss the Young Guns Series with him and concentrate on some of the bigger races later in the season that are over a bit more ground," Gavin said.

Red Moon Rising was having just his second look at a racetrack on Tuesday at Rangiora when he won his heat with a fair degree of authority.

His closing sectionals of 57.8 and 28.6 without being asked for a serious effort were a pointer to his natural ability.

" I put the blinds on him the other day which really sharpened him up from the week before and he won Tuesday's heat with a lot in hand." 

" He has such a lot of bottom to him and I think he will make a great stayer later on."

" He can have two weeks in the paddock now and then come back and get ready for the big two year old races later in the season," Gavin said.

On his progress to date Red Moon Rising appears capable of making his mark in the feature two year old races this season.

Harnesslink Media

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